great centre for hiking on the First
Very touristic and busy in centre of town
WELL WORTH A TRIP TO THIS SWISS VILLAGE
Richly varied hike at the foot of the Eiger massif. At first along narrow roads, then tracks and finally trails, this hike leads to one of the most famous spots in the Alps – Kleine Scheidegg. The higher you climb, the more the rugged flanks of the Mönch and Jungfrau and the prominent, perfect form of the Silberhorn come into view. Dark stone pines...more
First, at an altitude of 2168 metres, is a great place to admire the panorama and the starting point of several hiking paths. The aerial cableway from Grindelwald goes up there and even if one has no plans to go hiking, just the view of emerald green meadows and white narrow streams can be enough to make your day. First is the end station, but...more
Head to the Firstbahn gondola (5min from the railway station by bus) to explore 120 km of pistes and hiking paths in winter. The gondola will lift you to First in 15 minutes then up to the Oberjoch 2'500m thanks to the a 4-seater chairlift. From there, go downhill on the well grommed easy blue piste or the medium red one. A stop to the Schreckfeld...more
Tea Room Ringgenberg is a small restaurant that is included in a bakery and because it it convenientely located on the Mainstreet , not for from the station, I had dinner there and tried "Rosa's Special"Take a look at their web-page, they even have a delivery-service for swiss specialities !And as you may see on my picture, you first get a small...more
What a delight to enjoy the view from the EigerNordwand restaurant. A good place to take a break and relax from your numerous dowhnill runs. The carte choice is large enough to find your meal at a reasonable price. The service was quick and efficient. En guete - Bon appetit !more
On the ground floor of the Eiger Hotel, you will find a restaurant which offer a large choice for every hunger in a chalet style. Some suggestions - Home made hashed browned potatoes with bacon (Hausgemachte Rösti mit Speck) - Cheese addict will reward by a fondue or raclette - Aelpler maccaroni with potatoes and bacon, cream sauce and apple puree...more
Grindlewald doesn't exactly go off-Bar Spinne (opposite Hotel Eiger) seemed to be the best place to go, is next to a Mexican restaurant that claims to have a disco that goes off but I doubt it.
Lovely terrace at the back of bar Spinne overlooking the Eiger+the valley below. Free peanuts too!
Dress Code: None-chilled out youngish bar
What a delight for train lovers with all these alpine railways. During your journey you will enjoy the great landscape, you just need to choose your destination...The Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) linked Interlaken Ost railway station to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. A modern, straight-track shuttle service is operated with two train compositions...more
"Tyrolienne" is the name for the small lift on top of Jungfraujoch - you will find it about halfway between Moenchsjochhuette and the exit below the Sphinx-viewpoint.This lift will take you across the glacier and you will be fixed by a belt around your hips and a wheel on top of that belt will run on top of a strong steel-rope.That way you will hop...more
The train to Schynige Platte starts in Wilderswil - close to Interlaken - BUT I will list it here anyway, because you might need it in order to prepare your hikes between Schynige Platte and First, which I considder beeing one of the most scenic hiking-paths in that area.Schynige Platte is in a height of 1967 meters above sea-level and offers...more
LOWA-Testcentre is a really good idea, because it is a shop inside the top-station of Schynigge Platte-bahn and you may choose a pair of mountain-boots there, leave back your Manolo Blahniks and test the mountain-boots before you will eventually buy them !! You may test them the whole day and return them in case you don't like them. Test...more
50 Reviews and Opinions
NO more dogs on top of the Jungfrau anymore !The special breed of Greenland-dogs was living on Jungfraujoch in the so-called "Polarhundekolonie" for more than 100 years. At first they were needed in order to supply the workers and engeneers building the train-track, later-on they became a tourist-attraction and during summer you may go around the...more
Taste the local with(out) moderation ;-)As I know some VTer's get their BeerMaster since ages, I am happy to announce that the Jungfrau water is also used to produce a great local beverage under the label RugenBräu since 1866.The tasting list is not so long, so try it and enjoy it:- Export Bier (Lager) - 4.8%Noch einen Schluck! (=One more please!)-...more
I KEPT TRYING TO AVOID THE MERINGUE AS A FINISH TO MEALS. THEN BECAUSE OF THE LARGE PORTIONS OF FOOD IN THE MAIN COURSE I DECIDED TO SPLURGE AND ORDER DESSERT, ONLY ALONG WITH A BEER. tHE DESSERT WAS A DELICIOUS BOWL OF MERINGUE, A SORT OF LIGHT SWEET, AIR WHIPPED MERINGUE INCLUDING ICE CREAM. THE BEER WAS TWISTER, A BEER MIXED WITH APPLE DRINK AND...more
Don't count on any of the various shelter-huts that you may find in your alpine-maps !! Most of them might be good for a short break in nasty weather, BUT as a place to spend the night they will mostly be out of question :1) the interior is made in a way that makes sleeping there almost impossible : narrow, rough and simple benches will make it...more
It is not always easy to understand, why you would not be allowed to leave the marked paths on top of Jungfraujoch. You may see great crevasses nearby and plenty of foot-prints of other tourists leading there as well...I made my pics in a large distance !Please keep in my mind, that any rescue-activities have to be payed by the incautious tourists,...more
I prefer to think that I was bad-lucked that day. But we had some trouble to get along with some people at Grindelwald, and it never happened to me before in neither any othre Swiss city nor in any other in the world :( As Latin Americans, you know that we like to talk fast and laugh while talking...but in the two restaurants where we ate the...more
They are all pretty expensive in Grindlewald (38 Swiss francs for small steak and some chips at Hotel Eiger restaurant downstairs), and pretty damn average food. I have posteda review for Tom's cabin pizza, this is a GREAT pizza joint in the middle of the Alps. If I were you, I would go self catering-supermarkets have good food-easy to make a great...more
Well of course Grindelwald will be full of tourists but the idea is to use the village as a start point from where there is no limit to the delights and you will soon be alone .... Just go on from Grindelwald to ...Kleine Sheidegg or First (to Bachalpsee) or Mannlichen or ..rent one of the superb chalets available on the valley side and just sit...more
Luggage and bags:
One with wheels is always nice. Many people also choose backpacks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Waterproof hiking boots for the trails and high country.
Clothing in the summer will require a broad range. The valley could be perfect for cotton shirts and shorts. Higher up, layers will be required. Under no circumstances, leave without a rain/wind outer shell. Bring sunglasses and sunblock. Also wear a hat.
Photo Equipment: A camera is a must.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Trekking poles or a walking stick is ideal here.
You might like to download these excellent walking guides. I found them hidden away in the directories of the firstbahnen.ch pages. These are freely available and print well on a colour printer. See the website mentioned below. The site appears to change these links on a number of occassions but you will find them somewhere there! Choose the Hiking...more
Each year in January all the ski champions take part to the FIS Ski World Cup to run the famous Lauberhorn downhill race. From the Lauberhorn top (2'300m) down to Wengen (1'300m) a vertiginious run of 4.4km where the champions run down in less 2min30sec... up to a maximum speed to 140 km/h. So take your courage and ride the Lauberhorn run slowly...more
The splendid scenery of the hairpin roads going up to the Furkapass with the snow capped mountains makes this probably one of the most photographed mountain roads in the Alps.It's not far west of Andermatt driving to Gletsch. And just a little further west of Gletsch is the Rhône Glacier which is one of the main attractions on this road.more
The trails in this region (and I expect all of Switzerland) has great markings. There are signs indicating where various points of interest and destinations are located (in hours). Also, if a sign is all yellow, it means that the path is suitable for everyone. If it has a red and white stripe on it, it means that it is recommended to have a little...more
The Jungfraujoch is considdered the highest golfcourt in the world and they have a special event there beeing called :Hole in One - Top of Europe - the shot of the yearYou may win a Piaget-clock beeing worth 100.000 sfrthe fee is 20 sfr and the distance is 120 metersJoin at the information-desk and get further informations there !The golf-course...more
Grindelwald is an excellent place to go paragliding. The most common places to start from are Pfingstegg and First, but also from Maennlichen , Faulhorn and Schwazhorn. In Grindelwald you may also book Tandem-flightsFrom First you may take a tandem-flight of 20 min for 160sfra 45 minutes flight is 260 sfr / 60 min 320 sfrFrom Maennlichen to...more
Tourism provides 90% of the income for this village of 4000 inhabitants. While the Swiss Alps were already visited by many holiday-makers in the summer, Grindelwald was the first place to attract also winter vacationers. At the beginning, in 1888, they enjoyed ice-skating, curling and sleigh riding. In 1891 they started skiing as well, and a few...more
The 3970-mteres-high Eiger is certainly the most impressive view one enjoys from Grindelwald. Provided, of course, that the mountain does not hide itself behind thick clouds, as it happens very often. From Grindelwald the view you get is that of the (in)famous Northern Face, where more than 20 climbers, over several decades, met their death while...more
The 3692-metres-high Wetterhorn is an impressive mountain close to Grindelwald and well visible from the village. The first ascent to the peak of this mountain is considered to have marked the beginning of the so-called Golden Age of mountaineering. In the second half of the 19th century a good number of gentlemen, especially British, developed an...more